Three-Year-Old Boy Weighs 130 Pounds — And He Refuses To Diet!

Wed, March 23, 2011 8:30am EDT by 47 Comments

His desperate parents say they are afraid of him and his vicious food tantrums!

So sad. At 130 pounds, 3-year-old Lu Hao, from China, weighs five times more than normal kids his age. The problem is, his distraught parents have tried to stop their toddler from gorging on third and fourth helpings of food, but they are completely afraid of him! WHAT!? They say he throws terrible tantrums if he doesn’t get his way.

“We have to let him be, as if we don’t feed him he will cry nonstop,” his mom Chen Huan from Dashan, Guangdong Province, tells UK’s The Sun. They have tried to cut down his meals in the past, but Lu has gained a whopping 22 pounds this year alone.

Ironically, Lu was born underweight at 5.7 lbs, but started packing on the pounds once he reached 3-months-old. Lu’s dad, Lu Yuncheng, struggles to pick his toddler son up, adding, “His appetite is so good that for a meal he can eat three big bowls of rice, even larger than I and his mother.”

Lu is no longer attending nursery school, in fear that he might harm the other children, so he usually is isolated at home. And although he plays and swims, he loses his breath and gets tired very easily.

“He can expect joint damage, high blood pressure, heart trouble and diabetes, if he hasn’t developed these complications already,” The Sun‘s Dr. Carol Cooper explains. “A few youngsters with eating problems have a hormone disorder, but in this case it seems that Lu Hao’s family have simply fed him much more than he needs.”

This is just sad. He’s too young to face these kind of weight struggles.

–Leigh Blickley

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kayseyy

Posted at 11:33 PM on April 2, 2011  

i feel bad for the kid…thats a lack of support on the parents part…their gonna kill the poor kid…you cant be afraid of a 3 yr old…that needs help

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laura

Posted at 8:40 AM on April 2, 2011  

The little boy in the black shirt is adorable :)

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Todd szesta

Posted at 10:08 AM on April 1, 2011  

Dang there is that kid who smokes and now this kid. Why is our world coming to.

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KANDI CARRILLO

Posted at 10:01 PM on March 31, 2011  

THOSE PARENTS OF THAT KID NEED TO STAND THERE GROUND AND NOT GIVE THAT KID MORE FOOD THAN HE NEEDS TO HAVE THEY ARE GOING TO KILL HIM IF THEY DONT STOP FEEDING HIM SO MUCH GIVE A LITTLE TOUGH LOVE AND JUST LET HIM CRY

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Jan G.

Posted at 9:19 PM on March 30, 2011  

Maybe he has Prader-Willi, but maybe not. Has he been tested? Seems to me he’s just a spoiled brat that parents just gave him food to shut him up. I agree that this is child abuse if this is the case. The parents just need to discipline him, and stop being afraid of him!! After all, he’s only a three year old!! However, the child should be tested for Prader-Willi as well as for other disorders before a treatment plan is made. This poor kid’s life depends on it.

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KANDI CARRILLO

Posted at 10:26 PM on March 31, 2011  

I WANTED TO SAY THAT SO BAD BUT I DIDNT WANT PEOPLE CUSSING ME OUT I HAVE A 2 YEAR OLD AND I WOULD NEVER BE SCARED OF HER IT SHOULD BE THE OTHER WAY AROUND

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Sandra

Posted at 4:14 PM on March 30, 2011  

you people need to read an article properly the Dr. only said it SEEMED like he didnt have a hormonal problem so to me that means nothing conclusive has been said yet about him! Stop being so judgemental I agree with Sam!

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Sandra

Posted at 4:11 PM on March 30, 2011  

you people need to read an article properly the Dr. only said it SEEMED

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Sam

Posted at 9:33 AM on March 29, 2011  

You people need to pay more attention to the person who said this kid probably has Prader-Willi Syndrome. It’s not that uncommon of a genetic disorder, and one of the features is an obsession with food (parents literally have to put padlocks on their fridges). As you can see, it’s not like the kids are small, and once they get bigger their behavioral problems can escalate. They literally don’t have a stop function for eating. You know how you feel full if you eat and eat and eat, to the point of being sick? These kids don’t stop. They keep going. There’s a whole host of issues associated with the disorder, but obsessive eating is one of the characteristic findings.

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Chris

Posted at 11:09 PM on March 29, 2011  

If you actually read the article you would see that he does not seem to have a disorder. Therefore he is a very fat child that needs to be told no as well as put on a treadmill for an hour a day otherwise he’ll be dead before he’s ten

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KANDI CARRILLO

Posted at 10:28 PM on March 31, 2011  

THAT IS SO TRUE ITS LIKE GIVING HIM DRUGS AND LETTING HIM GET HIGH IT KILLS JUST LET HIM CRY AND TOUGHEN UP

 
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Sam

Posted at 12:07 AM on April 6, 2011  

I did read the article, and it doesn’t say anywhere that this kid has been tested for Prader Willi or that the disorder can be ruled out. In fact, when I first read the article there was a sidebar with a quote from the doctor mentioning how Prader Willi syndrome could be possible. Basically, this kid needs to be tested before treatment (like another user said) instead of everyone just immediately blaming the parents.

 
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Michelle

Posted at 7:36 PM on March 28, 2011  

Afraid of a 3 year old!!! WTF is wrong with these parents. They should be arrested and jailed for child abuse. What they are doing to this child could KILL him!!

Take charge and say NO!! If he cries, let him, get used it and let him learn you’re NOT going to give in. Once he learns that, he’ll stop. Take charge now or feel the deepest pain for the rest of your life when your chid dies!!

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KANDI CARRILLO

Posted at 10:30 PM on March 31, 2011  

THAT IS TRUE

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yeah yeah

Posted at 12:35 PM on March 28, 2011  

ok i am sorry but that is to overboard what parents would let him get over like 60? that is so sad dont let him eat for like weeks lol seriously give that kid some fruit!

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KANDI CARRILLO

Posted at 10:31 PM on March 31, 2011  

I NO RIGHT RICE HE NEEDS FRUITS AND VEGGIES

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Sara

Posted at 11:07 PM on March 27, 2011  

somebody find super nanny!

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Sara

Posted at 11:05 PM on March 27, 2011  

eeewww. UGLY! LET THE FAT THING CRY. PUT IN SOME EAR PLUGS. There are enough FAT people in the world already. What an UGLY THING that is!

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Lala

Posted at 12:25 AM on March 27, 2011  

Seriously….Afraid of a THREE year old? Come on! This is a case of parents letting their child get his way, and he is spoiled. He cries because he knows they will give in. He knows it because that’s what they do. THEY have TAUGHT him to act like that by showing him he can get his way. Poor child. I feel sorry for him. If they stay persistent and don’t give in, he will stop. Parents quit letting your children control you! He is THREE. You can handle him. If you love him, you should be afraid of him DYING or having problems assiciated with obesity early on. NOT afraid of him throwing tantrums. I will listen to my child throw tantrums every day before I’d kill them slowly with food.

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Miranda

Posted at 7:50 PM on March 25, 2011  

this is just sad

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d

Posted at 8:11 PM on March 25, 2011  

This is just bo-o-o-oring.

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Sara

Posted at 11:05 PM on March 27, 2011  

haha goood one d.

 
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lynn

Posted at 5:40 PM on March 25, 2011  

It’s child abuse, pure and simple. He should be taken until the parents can get parenting help so they can deal with raising this boy. He wasn’t always this big and the parents should not have given him so much to eat then. They have created the situation. Just as bad as a parent giving a child drugs/drinks. So tired of excuses.

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Mckayla

Posted at 11:36 PM on March 24, 2011  

This is ridiculous! I’m 15 and i only weigh 105!

Feed Him some healthy foods atleast.

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j-9

Posted at 4:29 PM on March 24, 2011  

I wouldn’t say the child’s weight problem is the parents’ fault, but they do need to get treatment as a family, and the boy does need effective intervention for this obvious malady. Why are some kids fat, and others, sometime within the same family, not overweight? Body chemistry has an overwhelming impact on this. The boy is sick, and needs help. The whole family is affected by this, and they all need to work on treatment for him.

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Duhhhh

Posted at 11:43 AM on March 24, 2011  

There is no reason for any child to be obese. They obviously aren’t buying their own food. He cries? Get over it and deal with it. It reminds me of the two year that was addicted to smoking. These are some weak and ignorant a$$ parents!! My peet peeve is seeing fat kids. I think I only saw ONE when I was a kid.

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KANDI CARRILLO

Posted at 10:45 PM on March 31, 2011  

SO TRUE

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Jacalyn

Posted at 10:46 AM on March 24, 2011  

Where is that Tiger Mother? Remember her recently making headlines with her book about how Asian Mom’s raise their kids to be the best,wont except any nonsense.They don’t coddle like the West and give in to the kids.I guess these parents didn’t get the Asian Tiger Mother handbook.
Don’t 3 yr.olds normally cry anyway when they don’t get their way? He’s really gonna cry when he has to get injections for diabetes or is hospitalized due to some illness.They need to straighten this out.

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huntermo

Posted at 4:34 PM on March 25, 2011  

LOL. Your comment made me laugh. I AGREE! where is she when we need her?hahaha. so what she said about all asian mum’s is not true!

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Melissa

Posted at 8:16 PM on March 23, 2011  

How can a 3yr old refuse to diet!!! Let him pitch a fit! He will get over it!

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KANDI CARRILLO

Posted at 10:44 PM on March 31, 2011  

THATS RIGHT I HAVE A CHILD AN SHE DOSE THAT ALL THE TIME SOME TIMES SHE JUST HAS TO CRY

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chris

Posted at 9:27 AM on March 23, 2011  

Of course he will throw a tantrum. He is 3 years old that is what toddlers do from time to time. However they might not be so bad if he had heard the word no once in a while which he clearly hasn’t. He threw a fit so we gave him more food is not an excuse. It is just parents who don’t want to deal and are putting this child’s life in danger. If they can’t do this then they need to take him to a doctor and look for the hormone disorders that were mentioned in this story or put him in a treatment facility for food addictions / disorders because he may not purge but he certainly binges. Along with that his parents need some kind of classes to teach them how to properly feed this child. If they can’t do it then he needs to be moved in with someone who will. Or he will be a 5 year old who has a heart attack and arthritis and wont be able to move. Where does that leave him? dead by 10. Really sad to see a child like this.

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earnest

Posted at 10:14 AM on March 23, 2011  

first of all this is learned behavior by Lu. this behavior started while Lu was an infant. when he cried the parents feed him and as he (LU)developed the taste and acquire the pleasure of been feed, he condition himself to believe if i cry i will get that great pleasure and that tasty food. we all know even as adults that certain food to some people is a pleasure to have because it taste good. Lu as he grew in size and his demand for larger portion increase by increasing crying or throwing tantrums.now he’s at a point where the parent don’t know what to do and the childs health is diffinitly

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earnest

Posted at 10:15 AM on March 23, 2011  

first of all this is learned behavior by Lu. this behavior started while Lu was an infant. when he cried the parents feed him and as he (LU)developed the taste and acquire the pleasure of been feed, he condition himself to believe if i cry i will get that great pleasure and that tasty food. we all know even as adults that certain food to some people is a pleasure to have because it taste good. Lu as he grew in size and his demand for larger portion increase by increasing crying or throwing tantrums.now he’s at a point where the parent don’t know what to do and the child’s health is diffinitly

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earnest

Posted at 10:33 AM on March 23, 2011  

first of all this is learned behavior by Lu. this behavior started while Lu was an infant. when he cried the parents feed him and as he (LU)developed the taste and acquire the pleasure of been feed, he condition himself to believe if i cry he will get that great pleasure and that tasty food. (we all know even as adults that certain foods to some people is a pleasure to have because it taste good.) Lu as he grew in size and his demand for larger portions increase. lu increased crying or throwing tantrums to get what he want.now he’s at a point where the parent don’t know what to do and the child’s health is differently a concern. the parents don’t want to see their child suffer, but he is, he’s overweight can’t play and run like other kids can’t go to school and play with other kids. this is a major problem not just for LU but for the parents. mental health and therapeutic treatment is need for the parents and LU, and may be medical help for LU.

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dudu

Posted at 9:06 AM on March 23, 2011  

Cudos to Lu Hao parent. but i think cutting down is meal is not the solution since he will cry non stop. My suggestion is that find a tablet which will burn down the fat cos excess fat kills faster.

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Phyllis

Posted at 9:00 AM on March 23, 2011  

The Kid probably has Prader Willi syndrome and needs medical attention

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Bill

Posted at 8:49 AM on March 23, 2011  

It’s rather pathetic that Hollywood Life and other media frequently focus on these stories — sort of deviously “making fun” of a really sad situation.

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Anna

Posted at 8:48 AM on March 23, 2011  

It’s just parents’ fault. They buy and give him everything he wants. No extra food on the table = no helpings. Let him cry but it’s for his sake.

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richard

Posted at 9:02 AM on March 23, 2011  

sure…

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Jessica

Posted at 7:31 AM on March 27, 2011  

You are such a hypocrite. My parents gave me everything that I wanted when I was younger and if you are a parent you would do the same. Parents want to give everything to their child to make them happy. I’m part Filipino and I have a huge family in the Philippines. If this little boy’s family is like mine then of course there will be leftovers.

Yes because crying makes everything happy in the world. You don’t have to go to such extremes as to let him cry constantly but cut down on the portions little by little. You learn by that way. You don’t have to just pull things away from a child.

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Alana

Posted at 4:54 PM on March 27, 2011  

Umm no. I’m a mother and I don’t give my kids all the sweets that they want. My parents didn’t give me the sweets that I wanted either. It’s the parents job to say no to there kids. If the parents didn’t buy all the sweets then maybe the kid wouldn’t be that big.

 
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KANDI CARRILLO

Posted at 10:36 PM on March 31, 2011  

I DO WANT MY CHILD TO HAVE EVERY THING BUT NOT SOMETHING THAT IS GOING TO HARM THEM TOYS AND CANDY IS DIFFERENT THAN BEING FIVES TIMES OVER WIEGHT

 
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KANDI CARRILLO

Posted at 10:34 PM on March 31, 2011  

THEY ARE GOING TO KILL HIM I AHVE A KID THAT AGE AND SHE CRIES AND POUTS BUT YOU CANT GIVE IN EVERY TIME TOUGHEN UP

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